Karen Karnes Hand Thrown Stoneware Lidded Casserole
A hand thrown, functional lidded casserole by highly regarded ceramic artist Karen Karnes (American, 1925 – 2016). The casserole dish features a wide, deep, curved body with two wide strap handles to the sides in a deep umber brown tone, with the upper and bottom rims being unglazed and having a deep rust coloration. The fitted lid is slightly domed with a wide circumvolute handle. The glazed interior has a matte, deep brick liner glaze, showing the throwing rings. The piece is inscribed with the artist’s ‘KK’ monogram near the base.
Karnes began her formal artistic training at Brooklyn College and graduated in 1946 with a degree in design. After college, she began to work alongside her husband and fellow artist, David Weinrib, in Pennsylvania and it was there her interest in clay began. Wanting to advance her knowledge in the medium, she studied abroad in Italy for a year and returned to New York to study ceramics on a fellowship at Alfred University. In 1968, Karnes met ceramic artist Byron Temple and learned the salt glaze technique. She became a pioneer for the salt-glazing technique and later wood-firing during the 1980s. In 1998 she was recognized with the Gold Medal for Consummate Craftsmanship the American Craft Council’s highest honor. Her ceramic work is housed in institutions throughout the world, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY, Museum of Fine Art, Boston, MA, and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England.
- measures of width includes handles; measures of height includes lid and handles.